Today at Arts & Ideas

Here is a look at what is happening on Tuesday, June 18 at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, which runs through June 29. For more information, visit the festival’s website.


“The Quiet Volume,” an intimate theatrical experience about books, reading, and the communal experience of the library. 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., with new shows beginning each half hour. (Also: June 19-21 and June 25-28, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.) Info.

Inflame on the Green, a quartet fusing traditional Indian and Flamenco classical music. Noon. Free. Info.

The Mighty Soul Drivers on the Green, a quintet performing classic Southern soul. 6 p.m. Free. Info.

“String Quartet Truck,” the New Haven String Quartet will perform on a flatbed truck at locations throughout the city. Noon & 2:30 p.m. (Also: June 19–21, noon & 2:30 p.m.) Free. Info.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a new adaptation from Bristol Old Vic in association with Handspring Puppet Company. 8 p.m. (Also: June 19, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; June 20 & 21, 8 p.m.; June 22, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; June 23, 2 p.m.) Info.

“L’homme Cirque,” a one-man circus featuring everything from a human cannon ball to a climactic high-wire act. 7:30 p.m. (Also: June 19, 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; June 21, 7:30 p.m.; June 22 & 23, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.; June 25: 7:30 p.m.; June 26, 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; June 27, 7:30 p.m.; June 29, 1 p.m.; June 29, 5 p.m.) Info.


Note: The Ideas Fast Pass offers ensured seating at these events.

“The Hunter Gatherer Life,” with author Joshua Foer, who embedded himself with one of the last groups of hunter-gatherers left, the Mbenjele pygmies of the remote northern Republic of Congo. 5:30 p.m. Free. Info.


“The New Haven Green: Heart of a City,” directed by Karyl Evans and narrated by Paul Giamatti. A panel will follow with Evans, Professor Alan Plattus of Yale, and others. 3:30 p.m. Free. Info.


Walking Tour:

“Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.” 1 p.m. Free. Info.

Food Tour:

“Oysters on the Sound (Sage American Grill and Oyster Bar.” 5:30 p.m. Info.


“The Mask Messenger,” vignettes by the Faustwork Mask Theatre presented on the New Haven Green Family Stage. 1:15 p.m. Free. Info.


Master Class with David Dimitri of L’homme Cirque. 10 a.m. Free. Info.